Chaetodontoplus melanosoma also known as Black Velvet Angelfish and Gray Poma Angelfish is moderately difficult to keep. They are found at the Samurai Island off the eastern tip of New Guinea. Inhabits coastal reefs and drop-offs that are exposed to strong tidal currents at depths of 5 to 25 m. Juveniles on deep rubble slopes with rich invertebrate growth.
Chaetodontoplus melanosoma is overall black to dark brown on body; yellowish brown on head and with numerous yellowish orange spots on forehead; dorsal and anal fins with narrrow yellow margin; caudal fin yellow. Adults lose the yellow stripe behind the eye and at the base of the caudal fin. Female has an entirely yellow caudal fin.
The Gray Poma Angel is a beautiful Angel popular for its coloration and beauty; a shy species and not a good candidate for mixing with other Angels but will get along in a peaceful community aquarium. May nip at less noxious LPS corals, soft corals, zoanthids, and clam mantles. Should not bother noxious corals, stinging anemones, or gorgonians. Juveniles are less likely to pick at your reef than adults.
The Chaetodontoplus melanosoma is a omnivore and likes to eat like a omnivore. Primarily feeds on sessile Invertebrates, Algae, Sponges, and Tunicates. Should be offered a captive diet high in protein, large chunks of meaty foods like krill, raw table shrimp, squid, clam and mussel. It is also a good idea to occasionally supplement with some type of herbivore diet containing a sponge fortified formula specifically for Angelfish.
Most large angelfish are well known for nipping at large-polyped stony corals and some soft corals as well as tridacnid clam mantles.
Western Pacific to Indonesia; questionable in actual distribution; 20 cm; common
It was regarded that it also comes from Japan but some confusion with other similar
species like C.cephalareticulatus, but now Allen et al. (2004) state that this species is
restricted to Philippines and Indonesia (Kalimantan & Bali to Flores); replaced by
C.dimidiatus in Sulawesi, and C.vanderloosi in eastern Papua New Guinea (just
described by Allen & Steene, 2004; see our book on pages 116-117); head pattern is
greatly similar to C.cephalareticulaus from southern Japan and Taiwan; the specimens
shown here are most similar to C.melanosoma, but with no assurance, their localities of
capture being no longer known; somewhat delicate in aquarium
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